The pupil premium is additional funding given to publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers. It is allocated to children from low-income families who are currently known to be eligible for Free School Meals (FSM), Looked after Children, children adopted from care and Service Forces children. It also includes pupils who have been eligible for FSM at any point in the last six years (known as the Ever 6 FSM measure).
Pupil Premium funding is available to both mainstream and non-mainstream schools, such as special schools and pupil referral units.
More information can be found here https://www.gov.uk/guidance/pupil-premium-information-for-schools-and-alternative-provision-settings
If you think your child may eligible to receive this additional funding and support but are not sure whether the school are aware of this, please speak in confidence to Mrs Jeffery, Mr Innes or Mrs Croxford in the school office.
Schools are free to spend Pupil Premium funding according to how they feel each individual child can best be supported. Below are details of how we at St Peter’s C E Academy have spent the funding in previous years and the impact it has had on learning.
We identify and address barriers to learning faced by individual pupils through:
- everyday teaching practice;
- pupil records;
- discussions with pupils;
- parents and agencies involved;
- rigorous regular tracking of pupil attainment and progress, especially in our Pupil Progress Meetings in which all disadvantaged children (including higher ability PP children) are discussed in detail with senior leaders, including our Inclusion Manager, the effectiveness of strategies to overcome their barriers to learning evaluated, and a new tailored programme put in place.
The main barriers to educational achievement faced by eligible pupils at the school:
- Social and emotional conditions, requiring support, nurture and family support and counselling
- Behaviour: having a readiness to learning with good ‘behaviour for learning’ in school – pupils with specific social and emotional needs that affect their learning
- Language – access to books, ebooks and audiobooks
- Access to extra-curricular activities – educational experiences such as trips, music lessons and participation in physical activities
- Parental engagement with school – ensuring more parents engage with the school, including parent workshop events, reading weeks, school coffee mornings and parents’ evenings.
Rationale for overcoming main barriers, for 2018 – 2019
For the 2018-2019 academic year, St Peter’s C E Academy will focus its Pupil Premium spending on closing the gaps identified from 2017-2018 data analysis, comparing Pupil Premium children’s attainment and progress against the national picture but also looking at in-school gaps between Pupil Premium children and non-Pupil-Premium children. This will focus on closing the achievement gap in Reading.
This will include investing in all identified barriers to progress and attainment such as developing reading comprehension strategies, small-group phonics teaching, maintaining excellent attendance and punctuality, our Pastoral Support Officer supporting vulnerable families, staff training and enrichment opportunities.
Additional TA hours have been allocated to provide further support to PP pupils with specific reading and writing difficulties in specific year groups. Some PP pupils have been identified as benefiting from receiving resources to support their learning and these have been purchased from the PP budget. Also, in order to support all areas of the curriculum and to build confidence, the school has allocated funding to pay for school trips, residential trips and music tuition throughout the academic year.
Pupil Premium spending will therefore be allocated into the following key areas:
- Attainment and Achievement
- Equality and Opportunities
- Removing Barriers
- Teaching & Assessment
Date of next Pupil Premium Review: September 2019.